(CNN) – The Facebook page for former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney lit up Tuesday with a rare post, this one sending birthday wishes to his former running mate.
"Ann and I send many blessings and best wishes to Paul Ryan today. Join us and wish him a Happy Birthday!" the post stated.
Rep. Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman, turned 43 on Tuesday.
And as of 9 p.m. ET, more than 20,000 people had left a comment on Romney's post, while about 285,000 people "liked" the comment–all under three hours.
Romney's Facebook page has largely gone dark since the November 6 election. He posted a photo of his family on Christmas and a photo of him and his wife, Ann, on Thanksgiving. On November 10, the page had a message of thanks to supporters.
Romney has also stayed away from the political and media scene, though he and his wife attended a reception in his honor Friday in Washington, D.C. While Romney was not seen outside the hotel where the reception was set to take place, Ryan was spotted entering the building.